Born: November 17, 1976
FLUTE / BANDONEON
After studying classical music and sound engineering in France, Ninon discovered Afro jazz funk while playing with Rido Bayonne Big Band (inc. Paco Sery and Etienne MBappe) and decided to change life to become a jazz player. She first approached improvisation while playing folk music in the South of France and studied the HURDY- GURDY 89/94. Later on she encountered African music in Paris and improvised with Senegalese singer Cherif MBaw 97/99.
Being very excited by the energy of anglo-saxon jazz players she moved to England to complete a master in Jazz Performance at Leeds College of Music (2002/04). Meanwhile she encountered theatre (placement at West Yorkshire Playhouse 2003/04) and started to perform as a stage musician, as well as an actress. She is now Musical Director of Theatre of the Dales (Leeds) and created her own solo piece Perles secrtes (theatre/ story telling/ music) in France (July 2004). She also recently toured with the National Trust Theatre Company playing a variety of instruments in their latest show As far as I can sea....
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